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Great things are happening. Learn about the exciting events taking place and of the helping hands that make it happen.
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The third Sunday of every month from December 2012 until June 2013 is Music Therapy Night at the Rivoli, Queen Street West, Toronto.
Our inaugural event on December 16th was a great success! Diego Fuentes was our MC and the evening featured music from Mike Evin, Don Kerr, Dryer, and Sarah Loucks.
Thank you to our fantastic musicians and volunteers!
On Sept 20, Darrelle London and friends, the wonderful Lilly Frost and very entertaining Jeffrey Straker played a rousing benefit concert to a packed Revival Bar in Toronto.
All proceeds went to the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. We are so thankful for the enthusiasm of the crowd who came out and bought reams of tickets for the raffle. The most sought after items were a ukulele signed by Darrelle and Tiffany earrings and scarf in a box signed by Sade and her band!
Our music industry supporters, Darrelle's fans, music therapists and music enthusiasts all came out and had a great time. A very special appearance was made by the entire Canadian Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics team. The night was full of lovely surprises and Darrelle put on a fabulous show.
Thank you Darrelle and everybody for coming out and supporting us and and entertaining us too!
Click here for a video of Darrelle talking about the Music Therapy Trust
Click here for a video of Darrelle singing at the benefit
This September's Ride for Music Therapy was the most successful ride to date! Congratulations to all the hard working volunteers on the west coast who make this important event possible. The money raised will continue to support Bandwagon projects in British Columbia. Thank you for your continued support!
Ginette Ouimet and Christian Hall from X92.9, longtime supporters of the CMTTF and recipients of the Frani Award for outstanding service to the Trust Fund continue to promote the CMTTF in a variety of ways. They are part of the core team of Weaselpalooza Alberta and they make the CMTTF the charity of choice for X92.9. They also do multiple fundraisers throughout the year including XFest. XFest is a full day, outdoor festival with stadium-sized performers like Linkin Park and Fun. The CMTTF was given space right in the X92.9 booth. This was meant to be an awareness campaign with the hope to sell a few T-Shirts. However, everyone was amazed at how many people came running up to the booth yelling "Music Therapy!" and handing over toonies, fives or twenty dollar bills! Almost $1000 was raised. A huge thank you to Ginette and Christian for their ongoing support.
On Sunday May 27th The Music Therapy Centre in Toronto held an open house with Tyler Stewart from the Barenaked Ladies as our very special guest. It was a beautiful afternoon and Tyler rocked the percussion with a full house of energetic clients, friends, family and therapists singing along, playing music and reflecting on the importance of keeping the Trust Fund growing. Our goal is to raise $500,000 in the next 2 years so that we can keep the Centre open and continue to grow music therapy programs across Canada. Thank you to all who joined us for this fun day!
Le Concert bénéfice du 3 mai 2012
Bref, le spectacle a été une réussite sur le plan artistique comme financier. Nous avons amassé $860.00 pour le Fonds Josée qui servira à financer des projets en musicothérapie partout au Québec ! La FMC a instauré ce fonds en 2006 en hommage à Josée Préfontaine, musicothérapeute exceptionnelle qui a marqué la profession par son engagement, sa vision et son intégrité.
Un immense merci à tous les musiciens qui ont tant donné d’eux-mêmes - les musicothérapeutes: Susan Baines, Cindy Bass, Hélène Century,Tom Curry, Julie Migner-Laurin, Vickie Levasseur, Lesley Pelletier et Sandrine Zuyderhoff, ainsi que lesmusiciens "solidaires qui nous ont généreusement accompagnés, offrant leur art à la musicothérapie : Marc Olivier Chouinard, France Bernard, Jean-Denis Baril, Abby Geiger, Anne-Marie Leblanc et Hugo Loyer. Merci encore, sans vous, cela n’aurait pas été possible. Finalement, un gros merci à Norman Mirotchnick qui nous a aidé pour la sonorisation, et à Félix et toute l’équipe qui a travaillé au bar-restaurant l’Escalier ce soir-là !
Le collectif organisationnel: Debbie Carroll, Hélène Century, Ariane Paradis, Chrissy Pearson
Benefit Concert on May 3, 2012
In short, the concert was an artistic, collegial, and financial success! We raised $860.00 for the Josée Fund that supports music therapy projects across Quebec. The CMTTF established the Josée Fund in 2006 to honour the memory of Josée Préfontaine, an exceptional music therapist and human being, whose vision and integrity left an indelible mark on the field of music therapy in Canada.
A huge thanks to all the musicians who so generously donated their time and talent to this wonderful evening, the music therapists: Susan Baines, Cindy Bass, Hélène Century,Tom Curry, Julie Migner-Laurin, Vickie Levasseur, Lesley Pelletier and Sandrine Zuyderhoff, as well as the musicians who came out to support music therapy: Marc Olivier Chouinard, France Bernard, Jean-Denis Baril, Abby Geiger, Anne-Marie Leblanc and Hugo Loyer. Without you all, this event would not have been possible! And a special thanks to Norman Mirotchnick, our soundman, and to Félix and his staff who welcomed us into their bar-restaurant l’Escalier!
Concert Planning Committee:Debbie Carroll, Hélène Century, Ariane Paradis, Chrissy Pearson
On Friday March 2nd, 2012, more than 100 guests gathered at Arta Gallery in Toronto to honour Fran Herman as she retires from her work with the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. The evening was MC'd by Jennifer Buchanan and many special guests gave tributes to our guest of honour. Guests enjoyed live music, a silent auction, an exciting live auction of beautiful art guitars, and fantastic food and drink. Funds raised at the party all went toward the new Fran Herman Scholarship which will be available to music therapy students in their final year of study. The evening raised $4500 and we're still counting! The scholarship is now ready to go and we are accepting applications.
While the money raised is a wonderful way to pay tribute to Fran, we are most pleased by the beautiful tributes paid to Fran and the fantastic time everyone had at the party. Fran herself described the evening as "...a Wow of a party"! Please enjoy these photos from the evening. We will post more in our photo gallery soon.
A huge thank you to all the wonderful sponsors and donors who helped to make this evening a success! Your support means so much.
Thank you to Godin Guitars for their generous donation of guitars for our Art Guitar project. Artists James Walke, Krys Bradley, Kristi Tethong, James C. Smith, Matti Sevink, Paulina Berger, and our own Fran Herman turned the guitars into gorgeous works of art. This project raised money for the Fran Herman Scholarship.
There have been several screenings of The Gift of Music: Stories of Music Therapy. The premiere screening took place in Toronto, October 2010. Since then, the documentary has screened in Winnipeg, Regina, Halifax and British Columbia. The movie has also aired on CBC's Documentary channel. Please contact the Trust Fund if you would like to host a screening in your area and help raise money for the Trust!
The heartbeat of our profession could be heard, seen and felt in March. It may have been the poster board outlining the profession or music therapy sitting beside the raffle items. Or perhaps the resounding drums and percussion instruments that led us in to "The Gift of Music: Stories of Music Therapy" screening. Or the tears as people were touched by what they saw on screen.
On March 18, 2011, the Music Therapy Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS) held the screening. It was a successful event in raising awareness of music therapy in the community and specifically at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre (WRC) in Regina which has three full-time music therapy positions. We had the pleasure of BoomTown Drums leading us in a drum circle which had the entire audience participating with enthusiasm. A question and answer period followed the screening with music therapists employed at WRC and from the community. Through the purchase of raffle tickets and admission tickets, MTAS was very pleased to have raised almost $700! With 20% of the earnings supporting the Trust Fund, the remainder of the money raised will be invested in the MTAS website that will reach the public and raise awareness.
Submitted by Melanie McDonald and Melinda Guy
Members of the Atlantic Association for Music Therapy (AAMT) hosted a screening of "The Gift of Music: Stories of Music Therapy" on May 14, 2011 in Dalhousie University's Scotiabank Auditorium. Many local music therapists were present along with members of the general public. The film was well received and AAMT board members facilitated a question and answer period following the screening. One audience member shared during the question and answer period: "I don't think I fully understood music therapy, but after watching this film, I have a better idea of what it can do."
Submitted by Chrisanna Dobrowolski
The Music Therapy Association of British Columbia's (MTABC) screening of "The Gift of Music: Stories of Music Therapy" was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who helped pread the word, we sold out our 170 seats! The Vancity Theatre was the perfect venue for this event. Filmmaker and director Scott Rondeau was present to answer questions about the documentary making process as well as Nancy McMaster, Joanne Tait and Carolyn Neapole, who were all featured in the film. The evening concluded with some fabulous live music from Chin Injeti, an avid supporter of music therapy due to his experiences as a client with Fran Herman many years ago.
MTABC acknowledges with gratitude our many sponsors, donors and supporters. A huge thank you goes to Dave Barnett and Kellie Corbett from Music Heals whom helped guide our committee in planning this event. Also, thanks to our committee: Meg Fildes, Susan Summers, Laura Hastings, Gemma Isaac Kirby, and Camilla Schroeder. They spent countless hours planning all the details. Thanks also to the many volunteers. All in all, it was a wonderful event showcasing the beauty and importance of music therapy in our country. The grand total raised from this event was $8891. 42 and will be going to fund music therapy projects in BC! Some photos from our event are below.
Submitted by Meg Fildes